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Periodic Report Summary 2 - ENETRAP III (European Network for Education and Training in Radiation Protection)

Project Context and Objectives:
For a vast amount of applications in the medical, industrial, research and other sectors, a good understanding of radiation protection (RP) is fundamental in order to protect workers, the public and the environment from the potential risks of ionizing radiation. Within this perspective, building and maintaining an advanced level of competence in RP, assuring sufficient well-trained personnel and organizing an adequate knowledge management, is crucial. Effective education and training (E&T) is a critical element in these matters, helping to prevent the decline in expertise and to meet future demands.

ENETRAP III adds new and innovative topics to existing E&T approaches in RP. It further develops the European reference training scheme with additional specialized modules for Radiation Protection Experts working in medical, geological disposal and NPP. It implements the ECVET principles and investigates possibilities for targeted assistance from regulators which plays a crucial role in the endorsement of the proposed courses and learning objectives.

ENETRAP III also introduces a train-the-trainer strategy. All organized pilot sessions are open to young and more experienced students and professionals. In this way, ENETRAP III aims to contribute to increasing the attractiveness of nuclear careers and to lifelong learning activities.

A web-based platform containing all relevant information about E&T in RP will facilitate an efficient knowledge transfer and capacity building in Europe and beyond.

ENETRAP III also proposes guidance for implementing E&T for Radiation Protection Experts and Officers, hereby providing extremely important assistance to all Member States who are expected to transpose the Euratom BSS requirements into their national legislations.

Moreover, ENETRAP III will demonstrate the practical feasibility of earlier developed concepts for mutual recognition and thus provides leading examples in Europe demonstrating effective borderless mobility.

For all these activities ENETRAP III will strongly connect with all stakeholders, i.e. end-users, E&T providers, legal authorities, and to other relevant international organizations, groups and networks dealing with E&T in radiation protection.

Project Results:
Since it start, ENETRAP III achieved following main results:

WP7: writing of a guidance to support the implementation of E&T requirements for RPE and RPO as defined in the Euratom BSS is completed. This guidance document is established through close interaction with HERCA, EUTERP and other relevant stakeholders in E&T in radiation protection (through the interaction with the ENETRAP III Consultancy Group). The document was also transferred to Art.31 Group of Experts with the aim f publishing the document in the radiation protection series of the Commission.

WP3: the development and execution of three new specialized training modules for RPE working in NPP (Karlsruhe, January 16-20, 2017), geological disposal (Karlsruhe, January 16-20, 2017), and the medical area (online module started September 2015, face-to-face course Budapest, July 4-8, 2016) is done. Learning outcomes and detailed descriptions of course deliverables are available on the ENETRAP III website A final report with the analysis of the course organization and effectiveness is produced. WP3 is considered by the ENETRAP III Consortium as completed. Beyond the project DoW, actions are taken to see to which extend the course for RPE’s working in the medical area can be organized in a sustainable manner.

WP4: the learning outcomes and course programme of a train-the-trainer event were developed and the course was organized (in French) in Saclay, February 13 - 17, 2017. An analysis of the organization and effectiveness is made. This completes the tasks for WP4 as described in the DoW, however, it will be looked at whether the course can be run a second time (in English) during the last year of the project.

WP5: the architecture of the EUTERP database was optimized based on the advice received in the frame of WP5. In addition, a database managing radiation protection courses, events and opportunities, linked to the IAEA database, is developed and launched. This database can be consulted via the EUTERP website. All ENETRAP III partners can upload content in the database. In a later phase also the EUTERP Associates will be given access. The frame of the database is made available to be used by other groups and projects as well; this will create a harmonized approach to the management and dissemination of courses, events and opportunities in nuclear.

WP5: a first dissemination event to inform the stakeholders about the activities and results of the projects, and to receive their feedback on this, was held during the EUTERP Workshop held 30 September-2 October 2015 in Athens. A second one was organized during the Radiation Protection Week in Oxford in September 2016. Very recently, the third dissemination event was held during the ETRAP2017 conference, May 31-June 2, 2017, in Valencia. Additional presentations about the project work were held by the different partners at different occasions (see list of dissemination activities).
Potential Impact:
Art. 33 of the Euratom Treaty requires that Member States shall lay down appropriate provisions to ensure compliance with the Euratom BSS and shall take the necessary measures with regard to teaching, education and vocational training. In the legal frame of the Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, ENETRAP III has proposed guidance for implementing E&T requirements for RPE and RPO. In this way, ENETRAP III provides extremely important assistance to all Member States who are expected to transpose the Euratom BSS requirements into their national legislations. With the support of HERCA and other European authorities participating to the ENETRAP III Regulatory Consultancy Group (RCG), the effectiveness and helpfulness of this tool for the Member States will be guaranteed.

Moreover, ENETRAP III will demonstrate the practical feasibility of earlier developed concepts for mutual recognition of RPEs and methodologies for comparison of training courses in terms of specific learning outcomes. These models demonstrated by ENETRAP III can be leading examples in Europe and will demonstrate the effective borderless mobility of RPEs.

With the continuous extension of the ENETRAP European reference training scheme (ERTS), now also RPEs, RPOs and radiation protection researchers in general who are working in the fields of medical, geological disposal and NPP will be able to follow high-level training, on a European level. The new modules are developed according to the ECVET approach, defining learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes/competences.

ENETRAP III not only pays attention to the development of new scientific high-level radiation protection training modules in the fields of medical, geological disposal and NPP, but it also developed a train-the-trainer (TTT) event. It is the first time this type of training module is developed in E&T projects and, although developed in the frame of ENETRAP III which is concentrating on radiation protection, this TTT event will be transferable to all areas such as nuclear engineering, geological disposal, etc.

All developed training modules are implemented in practice by organizing pilot sessions in different European Countries. The courses are open to young professionals and to more experienced RPEs, RPOs and radiation protection researchers in general. In this way, ENETRAP III aims to contribute to (i) the necessary increase of the attractiveness of nuclear careers in general and radiation protection careers in specific, and (ii) to lifelong learning activities. All training modules can be taken up in the European training passport of the trainee.

Last but not least, the radiation protection community will be offered a web based platform including all relevant information regarding E&T in radiation protection, results of European projects, legal requirements and implementations at national level. With this website, for reasons of sustainability being built further on the existing EUTERP website, ENETRAP III aims at contributing to efficient knowledge transfer and capacity building in Europe and beyond. Links with other dissemination tools of i.e. IAEA are set up. The frame of the database is available to other groups and organizations dealing with E&T, offering a chance for efficient and harmonized dissemination of E&T information on courses, events and opportunities in Europe and beyond.

During the entire project, close links will be maintained with relevant international platforms, groups and projects dealing with education and training in the nuclear domains. Through the RCG members, via collaboration with relevant stakeholders, and through presentation of the project at relevant conferences, workshops and meetings, information exchange about project activities and results will be established. The aim is to optimize the results and to obtain the largest possible use within the related nuclear communities.

With these achievements, ENETRAP III aims to increase the radiation protection and safety culture at the European level. It will also put forward the vast amount of advanced expertise available in Europe in the field of radiation protection E&T development and implementation.

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